Illicium floridanum J. Ellis - Florida Anise Tree
Family - Illiciaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Seepage slopes, creek swamps and bottoms.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This striking shrub or small tree can be found in the southern half of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify in flower becasue of its distinct red flowers. When not in flower, the plant is fairly non-distinct but the glossy leaves are fragrant when crushed (hence the common name). I. floridanum has a fairly small natural range but is cultivated throughout the southeastern U.S.
Photographs taken at the Auburn University Arboretum, 3-26-05.